In our opinion, the Nissim de Camondo museum is a little gem. It is one of our small Parisian museums, ideal to visit with the family. Located in a beautiful mansion on the edge of Parc Monceau, it houses the private collection of 18th century art objects by Moïse de Camondo. But it's mainly for the visit of the mansion... and for the poignant story of the Camondo family, that we recommend this family visit. After the visitthe children will be thrilled to enjoy of Monceau Park right next door.
WE LOVE : the mansion at the end of the 19th century and the poignant story of a family that has now disappeared.
AGE : From the age of 8
FREE under 18 years of age (and under 26 years of age if EU citizen)
The Nissim de Camondo museum: discover daily life in a mansion at the end of the 19th century.
- This museum makes it possible to discover the functioning of a very rich bourgeois private house from the late 19th and early 20th century
- The uniqueness of the Nissim de Camondo Museum is that all the rooms in the house have been left as they are. and are open to the public
- You will discover not only the ceremonial lounges, but also the kitchen (a marvel!), the staff room, the private apartments with their ultra-modern bathrooms, etc.
- The private mansion of the Camondo family was built by the architect René Sergent in the spirit of the Petit Trianon of Versailles, in the aristocratic spirit of the 18th century.
- The museum houses the private collection of 18th century French furniture and objets d'art that Moses de Camondo collected throughout his life.
- The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
- The Nissim de Camondo Museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
The Camondo family: a tragic family destiny
- A visit to the Camondo Museum is also an opportunity to discover the tragic destiny of the Camondo family.
- The Camondo, a Sephardic Jewish family from Turkey, founded a bank at the beginning of the 19th century which became one of the most important banks in the Ottoman Empire. At the end of the Second Empire, the two Camondo brothers, Abraham-Behor and Nissim, left Constantinople and settled in Paris.
- Their sons, cousins Isaac and Moses, became knowledgeable collectors during the Third Republic. Moses, a great lover of the 18th century, built up the collection of objets d'art that can be seen today in the Nissim de Camondo museum and had the mansion built.
- During the First World War, the son of Moses, named Nissim like his grandfather, was the first of the Camondo to fight for France. He left for the front in August 1914 where he distinguished himself by his daring. Assigned to the air force, he became a seasoned aviator in the army but died during an air battle in 1917.
- In 1920, his pain-stricken father Moses bequeathed to the present Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the mansion he intended for his son, with all the art collection he had built up.
- The only descendants of Moses of Camondo remain his daughter Beatrice, his son-in-law the musician Leon Reinach and their two children. In 1943, they were arrested and interned in Drancy. Deported, they were exterminated in Auschwitz in 1943.
- Two wars swept away the Camondo family who had chosen to become French. Their name survives only through this charming little museum, dreamed by Moses for his son Nissim.
Nissim and his father, Moses, in the garden of their mansion in 1916. PHOTOS LES ARTS DÉCORATIFS PARIS
Nissim de Camondo in the trenches in November 1915. PHOTOS LES ARTS DÉCORATIFS PARIS
The Plaine Monceau district with its public garden and museums
The Camondo Museum is located in the Plaine Monceau district. You can find in the district :
- Monceau Park. It is a very pleasant break after visiting the museum. The children will love it. It's a very nice public garden with games for children and lawns for picnics ...
- The Cernuschi Museum, a small museum devoted to Asian arts. The Cernuschi Museum has undergone a very successful renovation in 2020 and its size and scenography make it very accessible to children.
- The Jacquemart André Museum contains a very fine collection of 18th and 19th century paintings and is the opportunity to visit a very beautiful typical Parisian mansion from the end of the 19th century
- I mean, come on, the Champs-Elysées aren't too far away. It takes about 15 minutes to get there on foot from the Camondo Museum.